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The Arctic in the twenty-first century: changing biogeochemical linkages across a paraglacial landscape of Greenland

Anderson, N. John; Saros, Jasmine E.; Bullard, Joanna E.; Cahoon, Sean M.P.; McGowan, Suzanne; Bagshaw, Elizabeth A.; Barry, Christopher D.; Bindler, Richard; Burpee, Benjamin T.; Carrivick, Jonathan L.; Fowler, Rachel A.; Fox, Anthony D.; Fritz, Sherilyn C.; Giles, Madeleine E.; Hamerlik, Ladislav; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas; Law, Antonia C.; Mernild, Sebastian H.; Northington, Robert M.; Osburn, Christopher L.; Pla-Rab�s, Sergi; Post, Eric; Telling, Jon; Stroud, David A.; Whiteford, Erika J.; Yallop, Marian L.; Yde, Jacob C.

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N. John Anderson

Jasmine E. Saros

Joanna E. Bullard

Sean M.P. Cahoon

Suzanne McGowan

Elizabeth A. Bagshaw

Christopher D. Barry

Richard Bindler

Benjamin T. Burpee

Jonathan L. Carrivick

Rachel A. Fowler

Anthony D. Fox

Sherilyn C. Fritz

Madeleine E. Giles

Ladislav Hamerlik

Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen

Antonia C. Law

Sebastian H. Mernild

Robert M. Northington

Christopher L. Osburn

Sergi Pla-Rab�s

Eric Post

Jon Telling

David A. Stroud

Erika J. Whiteford

Marian L. Yallop

Jacob C. Yde


The Kangerlussuaq area of southwest Greenland encompasses diverse ecological, geomorphic, and climate gradients that function over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Ecosystems range from the microbial communities on the ice sheet and moisture-stressed terrestrial vegetation (and their associated herbivores) to freshwater and oligosaline lakes. These ecosystems are linked by a dynamic glacio-fluvial-aeolian geomorphic system that transports water, geological material, organic carbon and nutrients from the glacier surface to adjacent terrestrial and aquatic systems. This paraglacial system is now subject to substantial change because of rapid regional warming since 2000. Here, we describe changes in the eco- and geomorphic systems at a range of timescales and explore rapid future change in the links that integrate these systems. We highlight the importance of cross-system subsidies at the landscape scale and, importantly, how these might change in the near future as the Arctic is expected to continue to warm.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 9, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2017
Journal BioScience
Print ISSN 0006-3568
Electronic ISSN 1525-3244
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 67
Issue 2
Keywords tundra, lake, carbon, permafrost, aeolian
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